Isack van Ostade

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Isack van Ostade
Eight Boors Drinking
Pen and brown ink, brown and some gray washes, over black chalk, on paper.
4 1/4 x 5 15/16 inches (107 x 150 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 136

Watermark: none visible through lining.
Formerly attributed to Adriaen van Ostade.


Signed at lower left, in brown ink, "I. v. Ostade". Inscribed on the verso of the lining, at center, in brown ink, "P. N ̊59"; below that, in the hand of J.C. Robinson, in black ink, "Adrian van Ostade / from Lord Palmerston's Colln"; and numbered below, in graphite, "10 / 2".

Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Palmerston (1739-1802), Broadlands, near Romsey, Hampshire, and London; his son, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), Broadlands and London; his widow, Mary (née Clavering), Lady Palmerston (d. 1869), Broadlands; her grandson, the Rt. Hon. Evelyn Ashley (1836-1908), Broadlands; possibly his sale, London, Christie's, 24 April 1891, one of two in lot 126: "A. Ostade. A Party of Boors Drinking-pen washed; another of a Man and a Woman"; Sir John Charles Robinson (1824-1913), Edinburgh and London (Lugt 1433); his sale ["Well-Known Amateur"], London, Christie's, 12-14 May 1902, lot 246: "Ostade (Isaac van). Party of Eight Boors, at a table in pen and bistre. From Lord Palmerston's Collection"; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
Associated names: 

Ostade, Adriaen van, 1610-1685, Formerly attributed to.
Palmerston, Henry Temple, Viscount, 1739-1802, former owner.
Palmerston, Henry John Temple, Viscount, 1784-1865, former owner.
Palmerston, Emily Lamb, Viscountess, 1787-1869, former owner.
Ashley, Evelyn, 1836-1907, former owner.
Robinson, J. C. (John Charles), Sir, 1824-1913, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, no. 136, repr.
Stampfle, Felice. Rubens and Rembrandt in Their Century : Flemish and Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century from The Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1979, no. 108, repr.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 197.

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